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The Girl and the Witch’s Garden

By: Erin Bowman

Mallory Estate is the last place twelve-year-old Piper Peavey wants to spend her summer vacation. The grounds are always cold, the garden out back is dead, a mysterious group of children call the property home, and there’s a rumor that Melena M. Mallory—the owner of the estate and Piper’s wealthy grandmother—is a witch.

But when Piper’s father falls ill, Mallory Estate is exactly where she finds herself.

The grand house and its garden hold many secrets—some of which may even save her father—and Piper will need to believe in herself, her new friends, and magic if she wants to unlock them before it’s too late.

ISBN: 9781534461581

JLG Release: Aug 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Infrequent Use , Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Magic , Gardens , Friendship , Mothers and daughters , Cancer , Death and dying , Family , Orphans and foster homes , Fantasy

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Twelve-year-old Piper Peavey lives with her father Atticus in Connecticut. As her father faces terminal cancer, Piper is dumped at the Mallory Estate, owned by her estranged mother Sophia and grandmother Melena. Steeped in magical rumors, Mallory Estate is also home to foster children Julius, Kenji, Teddy, and Camilla, who possess magical gifts. Un Twelve-year-old Piper Peavey lives with her father Atticus in Connecticut. As her father faces terminal cancer, Piper is dumped at the Mallory Estate, owned by her estranged mother Sophia and grandmother Melena. Steeped in magical rumors, Mallory Estate is also home to foster children Julius, Kenji, Teddy, and Camilla, who possess magical gifts. Under Sophia’s instruction, they work to locate the estate’s enchanted garden where the elixir of life is hidden. Desperate to save Atticus, Piper develops her own ability and reaches the garden first, teaming up with Teddy to solve three magical riddles. The children, Sophia, and Melena each are motivated by different goals, and Piper’s family secrets guide the final outcome. Bowman’s third-person limited perspective gives readers a close understanding of Piper’s emotions as she faces her mother’s desertion and her father’s prognosis. The writing is smooth, and Piper’s dialogue with the children and her mother purposefully advances the plot. As with any Faustean bargain, Piper’s desire to have the elixir at any cost creates an uncomfortable tension that electrifies the story. The world-building, however, has a tenuous quality. At times, Bowman has to inform readers how Piper figures something out or what the magical rules are. Her explanations seem more the writer’s construct than a tight-knit magical universe. An intriguing premise whose execution is acceptable though not outstanding, saved by Piper’s honest grief. Purchase where interest indicates.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534461581

First Release

August 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 740L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon & Schuster BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Infrequent Use , Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Magic, Gardens, Friendship, Mothers and daughters, Cancer, Death and dying, Family, Orphans and foster homes, Fantasy,

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Book Genres

Fantasy, Magic

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